Advice on using wallpaper in a bathroom

Advice on using wallpaper in a bathroom

Designing a bathroom with bold patterns can be tricky. Wallpaper is a great way of achieving this but choosing wallpaper that’s suitable for bathrooms can require a lot of research. Not only is there the task of choosing the right pattern, but you need to make sure that the chosen wallpaper is suitable to go in a wet space, because not all wallpapers are. We’re teamed up with Bobbi Beck, a sustainable wallpaper brand, to provide some quick and simple tips when buying wallpaper for a bathroom.

Tips on selecting a wallpaper design

A classic choice for a bathroom is to choose a design that’s coastal or nautical in theme, as there is already a strong connection to the water. These types of designs will work well, but can sometimes be a little too obvious.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, a tropical or leaf print can work well. Not only do you keep the connection to nature, but the pattern will generally look good with lots of real plants and foliage in the space, giving you the feeling of a luxury spa.

Choosing a wallpaper that’s suitable for bathrooms

Firstly, you should never put any wallpaper in the splash zone. This includes immediately above the sink, next to the shower or above the bath. If you have tiles and then wallpaper above, this should be fine, but you want to avoid large splashes of water hitting the paper.

Because wallpaper is a natural material it’s generally sensitive to large amounts of humidity. We therefore would recommend using a decorator’s varnish. This will provide a clear protective layer over the top of the wallpaper. Not only will this help with managing the effects of humidity, it will help prevent scuffs and scrapes.

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